The Little Epicurean

Apr 15 2015

Blackberry Bourbon Smash

Blackberry Bourbon Smash | the little epicurean

It’s tax day! Let’s celebrate the end of tax season with a refreshing cocktail!

Did you know there’s an actual drink named after this day?  Yes, the income tax cocktail exists.  It’s gin based and it sounds very comforting.  I’ll have to make that one next year…

Today, we’re drinking this blackberry bourbon smash.

Blackberry Bourbon Smash| the little epicurean

Making cocktails for the blog is always a lot of fun…because it involves day drinking.  I bought this tabletop artificial light unit last year in hopes to take photos whenever I want (meaning after 5pm), however it’s proving to be difficult.  I’m still way too in love with natural light photography.  Hence, day drinking will have to continue for a little longer.

Blackberry Bourbon Smash | the little epicurean

Simple cocktails that don’t require much prep are the best.  While I used blackberries, you can substitute just about any fruit you’re in love with at the moment: blueberries, kiwi, strawberries, dragon fruit.  If you don’t like bourbon… we might have a tough time being friends.  However, if you keep it a secret, you can totally substitute rum, vodka or gin.

Apr 13 2015

Lava Flow Popsicles

Lava Flow Popsicles | the little epicurean

I got a major dose of summer this weekend.  Unable to wait any longer, I’m bringing summer early to my blog. My friends and I trekked on over to Indio for our annual Coachella Music Festival trip.  (Last year, I made a little Coachella recap if you want to check it out!)  Three carefree, leisurely

Apr 09 2015

Coconut Jam Cinnamon Rolls

Coconut Jam Cinnamon Rolls | the little epicurean

It has become tradition that I make my dad cinnamon rolls for his birthday.  I’m not one for monotony, so every year I try to find a way to one up the previous year’s batch.  This year I thought to combine my dad’s two favorite flavors: coconut and cinnamon.  I hit the jackpot with these

Apr 06 2015

Shrimp and Cheddar Oatmeal

Shrimp and Oatmeal "Grits" | the little epicurean

Disclosure: This post is sponsored by Pacific Foods.  As always, all opinions expressed here are entirely my own. For the longest time, I refused to try savory oatmeals.  I have always associated oatmeal with sweet berries, dried fruits, honey and chocolate.  The idea of adding an egg on my oatmeal gave me goosebumps… until one

Mar 31 2015

Sparkling Blueberry Lemonade

Sparkling Blueberry Lemonade | the little epicurean

I can’t pass up a good deal.  Blueberries were 98 cents for 6 oz this weekend. (!!!) You bet I bought a couple pounds. When I have an abundance of blueberries, there’s only one thing I want to make.  Blueberry lemonade! This isn’t your average lemonade.  It’s sparkling!  Best of all, (this will make all

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